Commission completes work on $7.4 million county budget

The Callaway County Commission has completed work on a $7.4 million general revenue budget that provides enough money to provide a 2 percent pay raise for all county employees.

The general revenue budget increased from $6.9 million approved for 2011 to $7.7 million for 2012.

When funds from all other state and federal sources are added, the budget shows total county annual spending of $14.6 million in 2012.

County commissioners gave each department head the option of apportioning the approved pay raises.

“Department directors and county-elected office holders are more familiar with the performance of individual employees,” Gabe Craighead, eastern district commissioner, said Tuesday.

“Most department directors plan to give all of their employees the flat 2 percent pay raise. But some, such as the sheriff and jail administrator, have decided to apportion some of the money based on merit,” Craighead said.

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